Review (January 2012)
By Kevin Nakano
Let's face it, there are plenty of companies making cheap LED flashlights. Unfortunately, the vast majority of them are (low-side compliant) designs that often fail in short time, usually when you need them most. In fact, some fail to work properly right out of the box. I have run into many great flashlight bargains online that ended up being a waste of money, so it was refreshing to see a high quality product that stands out above all others that I have seen.
Coast HP7 LED
The HP7 includes Coast's Pure Beam Focusing Optic System that allows users to quickly change the focus from spot to flood and lock it into place by simply twisting the neck (Beam Lock System) of the flashlight. The Bulls Eye spot beam pattern is designed to provide a focused spot while producing an outer ring of flood light, which allows you to see a broader area to the sides.
The HP7 is tested and rated to ANSI/FL1 standards, which places strict guidance on peak beam intensity, beam distance, impact resistance, run time, light output, and water resistance/proof. Coast offers a lifetime guarantee against defects in materials and workmanship on their products. It is nice to see that they stand behind their products.
HL7 LED Headlight
The large power switch on the top of the LED unit has an easy-to-grip focusing bezel to ensure no fumbling in the dark, when it is often most difficult to access especially if you happen to have gloves on. Simply reach on the back where the battery pack is stored and the user can slide the large dimming lever to set the right amount of light on the subject. Since the power pack is separate from the front lamp, an expandable Z-Cord is provided to power the LED assembly and is built into the headband to reduce the possibility of snagging. Like the HP7, the HL7 is rated to ANSI/FL1 standards, so you are getting a consistent and quality product.
- Kevin Nakano
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